Aedes vigilax

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Source: Queensland Museum

Aedes vigilax (Skuse, 1889) - (northern salt marsh mosquito)

The mosquito is mainly found in tropical and subtropical parts of eastern Australia, where it is a vector of Ross River virus (causing epidemic polyarthritis), Barmah Forest virus and Murray Valley Encephalitis virus.

The mosquito breeds in coastal intertidal wetland mangroves and saltmarshes. The oviposition site requires drying to condition the eggs for hatching and subsequent flooding to enable hatching and survival of larvae. The adult is a dark, medium-size species with white bands on the legs.

Synonyms:
Ochlerotatus vigilax